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2017 AOTY/DOTY Entry

Topic: Dummies Guide to Crabbing  (Read 4771 times)

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I know this is EXTREMELY late in posting; had issues with compressing the file enough to post. :smt013

This was shared at the Crabbing Seminar we held a feeewww years ago at CCK-Oakland. :smt009

Sorry Frank & Bunny! I know that I REALLY lagged on getting you a copy!!! :smt010


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You finally figured out how to use technology enough to post up the tutorial!!!
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Great job Glen!  You should sell that at Amazon but copyright it first.  Thanks bro!

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That's a fantastic guide Glen, I was just getting ready to search for information as I just bought a couple of traps.

Thanks for the guide,

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Very nicely done. The tip about letting the float out first would have saved me a lost trap last season after a tangle/knot took my float down with the pot.  :smt013
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Thank you Glen.
 
We know you are a busy guy.  No problem.

Now I'll have to find something else to kid with.

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Thanks for the writeup.
I have crabbed from a boat before but not a kayak.  It was somewhat difficult to pull up the rings over the side of the boat fast enough that the crabs would'nt jump out.  Some guys install a pivoting arm pulley system to make it easier.  How do you pull up the traps/rings from a kayak?
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How do you pull up the traps/rings from a kayak?

With a hoop/ring trap, the crabs shouldn't be able to crawl out of the trap once you start pulling the trap off the bottom; there legs dangle thru the openings of the net and they really don't have any leverage to move across the net. (kinda like when you were a kid playing on the net bridge in the playground). The ones that are exiting when you were pulling the trap up, we're already probably on the edge of the ring or were on top the bridal when you started pulling up the trap; that's why it is important to put a small egg bouy at the base of the bridal to keep it floating.

I also have the Scott Puller, but it was more of a pain then it was worth. First you had to locate a place closest to you to mount it;  and once you do and you get the pot up against the pulley, now you have to reach further out to remove it. Which can make interesting in tight swells (except for those AI guys and the ones with training wheels, like me). I now use it as a rear anchor pulley :smt003

Best way for me is to through the bouy over the opposite side of the kayak and pull up hand-over-hand, letting the rope exit the opposite side. Which is great for 2 reason: less chance of tangling and clutter in the kayak, and makes it really easy to re-deploy. But make sure you rebait or add so crab juice to send out a new scent trail.
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Holey cow, nice write up G-whiz covered the process from setting the pot to eating the crab....net to table.




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Thanks for sharing Crab Daddy!!!  Nice write-up!!! 
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Nicely done!  Thanks Glen.
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Great job on the write up Mr. Glen.  :smt006 Thanks for taking the time and sharing it with us all.

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Best way for me is to through the bouy over the opposite side of the kayak and pull up hand-over-hand, letting the rope exit the opposite side. Which is great for 2 reason: less chance of tangling and clutter in the kayak, and makes it really easy to re-deploy. But make sure you rebait or add so crab juice to send out a new scent trail.


I pull my pots this way as well. 
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Be careful not to let your line tangle up in your rudder or mirage drive too.  I also throw the float over the other side but I'm careful to position myself upstream of the drift so the buoy floats away. 


Nice write up there Glen.  I lurnt some new stuff about the braiding!